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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Pat Buchanan: Prepare to be Swiftboated!

The Far Right has been savaging anyone who disagrees with the Bush Administration. Their latest punching bag: the six retired generals who have called for Rumsfeld’s firing. It’s kind of ironic, since most of these rightwing attackers wouldn’t know a military uniform if it bit ‘em on the ass.

Pat Buchanan has written a column supporting the retired generals. No doubt, bloggers on the Right will be dragging him through the mud.

According to his column, 75% of the officers currently in Iraq agree with the six retired generals. He says “This is a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the U.S. armed forces by senior officers once responsible for carrying out the orders of that leadership.”

Bush is in sort of a bind here. If he stands by Rumsfeld, he’ll be going against a group of generals who have infinitely more credibility than Bush will ever have. But if he fires him, he will have caved in. Loyalty (or the appearance of it) is one of his last selling points. If a group of retired generals persuades him to fire Rumsfeld, the architect of the Iraqi war, there go his virtues of determination and loyalty. Then even rednecks won’t want to go out and have a beer with him.

AWKWARD.

Pat Buchanan also says: “It is hard to recall a situation in history where retired U.S. Army and Marine Corps generals, almost all of whom had major commands in a war yet under way, denounced the civilian leadership and called on the president to fire his secretary for war…The generals have sent an unmistakable message to Commander in Chief George W. Bush: Get rid of Rumsfeld, or you will lose the war.”

What’s a sheltered pampered president to do?

17 Comments:

Anonymous Howard Muhlberg said...

Tom, Bush says he's "the decider" and that Rummy's doing a fine job.

You don't get to decide, he does.

Neener, neener, neener. ;-)

April 19, 2006 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

It's a no-win situation no matter what. But Bush is nothing if not Stubborn!

April 19, 2006 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Chandira said...

Go Pat. Go retired Generals!

I am wondering how much longer this whole f**in charade will continue. Just impeach already!!

April 19, 2006 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Howard: Yeah, who do we peons think we are, trying to tell the "Decider" what to do?

Jill: I guess we'll see if Bush's stubbornness can get him out of this. It's good to see him in a bind like this; couldn't happen to a nicer person.

Chandira: My sentiments exactly. It's a disgrace that this crooked megalomaniac is still in the White House.

April 19, 2006 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

here's the thing about Pat.
he is nothing if not consistant.

consistantly crazy, consistantly super-right wing, whatever you want to call it.

April 19, 2006 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mike V.: Oh yeah, he's consistently rightwing. But he'll be Swiftboated by the other wingnuts for failing to march in lockstep. No dissent is tolerated. You're either with them or you're with the terrorists.

April 19, 2006 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

I like Pat and always have. He doesn't seem to fit in, I like that. To bad there weren't 6 retired Generals willing to speak out during Vietnam. Congress and the media lost that war. God Bless Our Troops.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

April 19, 2006 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

David: Yup, we could have used a few outspoken generals during the Vietnam war. I don't usually agree with Pat Buchanan, but he's a maverick, and you've gotta respect that.

April 19, 2006 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Pat has been consistently surprising me lately. It is very strange to suddenly be agreeing with him at seemingly every corner after what he represented in the 80s.

Is it wrong to be enjoying all this so much? I feel kind of guilty.

April 20, 2006 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Praguetwin: I don't think it's wrong :) It's kind of a guilty pleasure to see wingnuts going after each other. But at least Pat Buchanan is his own person. I haven't usually agreed with him but he's never been in lockstep with the Right Wing Noise Machine.

April 20, 2006 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger AmericaFirster said...

Thanks for mentioning Pat Buchanan. Please check my website: http://members.tripod.com/~tariffs/index.html

April 21, 2006 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger AmericaFirster said...

Thanks for mentioning Pat Buchanan. Since the Oil Crisis of October 1973 this country has been increasingly changing from an Industrial Unioniized Capitalist country to a Feudalist Economy Country. History shows that there is only ONE way that tens of millions of people can be raised from poverty to the middle calss and that is with Industrial Unionized Capitalism. Nothing else works, not even expecting everyone to have a college degree. All that has been doing is lower the worth of a college degree. In 1956 a Junior High School drop out working in a factory made more money, correcting for inflation, than a college degree today. See my site: http://members.tripod.com/~taiffs/index.html

April 21, 2006 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

AmericaFirster: Interesting site. I disagree with a lot of Pat Buchanan's ideas, but I think he's always been concerned with the working and middle classes. That issue has become a lot more pressing in the last few years.

April 21, 2006 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Bush would never fire Rumsfeld or Cheney, or Rove.

Rove is like the left testicle, and Rumsfeld is like the right one. They are the nuts, and who wants to remove a nut? As for Dick, well, he's the Dick. What self-respecting macho POTUS would want to be Dickless?

April 21, 2006 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Bush firing his testicles and his dick? Hard to picture. Almost as hard to picture as Charlie McCarthy firing Edgar Bergen.

April 22, 2006 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Bob King said...

I like Pat too. The more I disagree, the more I like because he really knows his stuff, and makes you actually think about yours.

He's made me rethink a lot of my simplstic assumptions over the years.

April 23, 2006 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bob: Yup, he's intelligent and knowledgeable, gotta give him that. I disagree with him more often than not, but he's an independent thinker.

April 23, 2006 at 4:20 PM  

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